EACSD Board of Directors hears of upcoming events, other updates during regular monthly session

by Susan Cantine-Maxson

The regular meeting of the Board of Directors of the Eastern Allamakee Community School District (EACSD) was held at Kee High School in Lansing Monday, October 16.  Board members Bobbie Goetzinger, Melanie Mauss, Kelli Mudderman and Arla Wagner were present, and board member Tony Becker was absent.

Also present were EACSD Superintendent and Grades 7-12 Principal Dr. Sarah Murray, New Albin Elementary Principal Donna Thomas, Board Secretary Michele Martin and visitors  Ray Rankin, Jackson Schulte, Kaleb Drape, Dustin Stendel, Kyle Mauss, Mason Mohn, Zachary Meyer and Landyn Rankin.

The board approved the agenda and the October consent items, minutes of the September meeting, bills for October, Secretary’s Financial Statement, Activity and Food Service Reports for September.
FFA instructor Ray Rankin and his students previewed the trip to the National FFA Convention taking place October 31-November 4 in Indianapolis, IN. Their request for an overnight trip was unanimously approved.

There were no personnel matters of contracts, transfers or resignations. Several items of business pertaining to financial and business matters of the district were reviewed and approved, including the Certified Annual Report, Treasurer’s Report, Transportation Report, Special Education Supplement and Certified Enrollment.

The board next approved the resolution for a request to the School Budget Review Committee for Modified Supplemental Amount and Supplemental Aid for the 2022-2023 Special Education Program deficit of $201,3854.41 or as calculated by the Department of Management. Further reviews included the policy revisions for licensed employee qualifications 405.2 and licensed employee evaluation 405.8.

In order to update and improve the school district’s web page, the board approved the IROC Web Design Services contract. Senior Awards Night was scheduled for  Wednesday, April 24, 2024.

Principal Thomas reported there will be four new students in November at New Albin Elementary.  Parent-Teacher Conferences had almost a 100% turnout. A book fair was held during the conferences and the library will receive some complementary books from the sale. Donuts with Dads will be held November 9, and there will be a Veterans Day Program at New Albin Elementary November 10.

Dr. Murray noted that there will also be a Veterans Day Program at Kee High School November 10. Final exams, winter sports and activities will be starting soon. Kee High School needs a nighttime custodian. Dr. Murray asked the board to think about using virtual days for snow days; the district is allowed up to five such days. Going forward, Dr. Murray said she will be taking a closer look at technology and software contracts, which will be presented to the board prior to signing.